Paper writing, the bane of my existence in college, until I pursued a career in writing grants. I've learned some things from writing professionally:
* First, diagnose the cause of your writer's block-- Have you done the prep work before writing your paper? Have you gathered your sources, read the material, taken notes, and made a detailed outline of your paper? My worst blocks came when I didn't outline. I hated outlining, but every foundation I wrote a grant for gave me an outline. When somebody wrote the outline for me, I loved it. It gives structure to a mammoth task. If your outline is detailed enough, you can bang out a 10-15 page paper in 2-4 days.
* Two, if have done all your prep work and still have writer's block, then you may be having a motivation or confidence problem. You may hate your topic, your class, and therefore do not want to do the project. Maybe you have perfectionistic tendencies and expect that every sentence you write should be great. Perfectionism & writing are not compatible. Emotional issues are harder to overcome. Try to have realistic expectations of your writing skill. If you have done good research it will show in your paper. Don't worry about slightly messy organization, stale word choice, or shaky grammar
. You are training to be an RN, not the next Hemmingway.
Here are some writing tips once you have diagnosed your problem:
1) Apply discipline: Write at least a page every 30 minutes. If it takes longer, walk away. I am a slow typist (20-30 wpm) and can easily write a page in under 30 minutes. If it takes longer, then I am wasting time and should take a break.
2) Hold your nose and write badly: It is easier to edit bad prose than it is to invent good prose. Just do it. Spill as much as you can as fast as you can. However, be prepared to delete large parts of your text.
3) Edit, edit, edit. You will love what editing will do to your paper. I once wrote a 3 page personal statement & then went through at least 30 drafts. It took a long time, but because of the editing, the piece turned into the best essay I've written in my life.
Oh yeah, btw, even though I got paid to write, I am not the best writer. I'm not an artist, just somebody who appreciates that writing is an important tool for communication. Afer all, without writing there would be no discussion forums like this one.
Hope this helps. Good luck.